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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2014 at 5:05pm

I have a correction to make. The piece I quoted was from Sasha Sagan and posted on April 26, 2014 by Soren Dreier. I will bring the quote up again:

"You’re connected to the generations through DNA — and, even farther back, to the universe, because every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars. We are star stuff".

Sorry that I added to the confusion. Sasha Sagan is Carl Sagan's daughter.

Soren Dreier is a close family friend of the Sagan family. 

Soren Sagan is not related to the Carl Sagan family. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 19, 2014 at 3:36pm

Nice one, Carl! (I'll bet Lincoln had dialup!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2014 at 3:03pm

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 19, 2014 at 2:23pm

Thanks Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2014 at 12:38pm

Glad to hear things are going well, Carl

Welcome to you, Søren.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2014 at 10:00am

In the words of Rick Perry, "Oops".

Thanks for the info, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 3:23pm

Paricia, as I understand it from Wiki,

Sagan was married three times. 

1957, married biologist Lynn Margulis, mother of Dorion Sagan and Jeremy Sagan

1968 married artist Linda Salzman mother of Nick Sagan.

1981, Sagan married author Ann Druyan, mother of Alexandra Rachel (Sasha) Sagan and Samuel Democritus Sagan. Sagan and Druyan remained married until his death in 1996.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 3:14pm

Sören Olsson on Gothenburg Book Fair 2007, Sören Olsson på Bok- och biblioteksmässan 2007

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 2:51pm

I invite my "Hang with Friends" to join "Origins: Universe, Life, Humankind, and Darwin" where Dr. Terence Meaden leads another fine group of writers. A current discussion occurs there based on "The Bible is not Great by Soren Sagan". 

Sagan tells the story of why the bible and religion spew out toxins. 

I toured Turkey, Greece and Crete with Riane Esler and Marija Gimbutas. During lectures at each site, Riane and Marja stressed that the opposite of patriarchy and the dominator society is not matriarchy and dominance but partnership. There exists a very different language between the styles, a different organizational design, and different values.   

We have to understand the matrix into which into which we enter the world and define and create a pattern of preference.   

Riane Eisler, in her earlier book, The Chalice and the Blade, speaks of the shift from matrilineal social structures of the Neolithic Age to patriarchal rule of the Bronze Age.

Her later book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics defines wealth in terms other than money. 

The Power of Partnership describes why partnership creates a more powerful way to work as a community than working alone or as a cog in the wheel. 

We now can see our history in precise terms defined in ways other than religion, and a plan to create a healthier, more responsible way of perceiving humankind and our place in the universe. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Welcome, Soren.

 

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